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    Article: Cheap Figure Holders

    You can view the page at http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/content.php?1466-cheap-figure-holders&
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    If that\'s the same Brian Collazo I know he was...

    If that\'s the same Brian Collazo I know he was last I spoke to him posted to Iraq I believe (this was a while ago tho, and way before he started a painting service (he was doing some paint-ups for...
  3. Thread: Vallejo...

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    Also remember that Andrea Miniature\'s range of...

    Also remember that Andrea Miniature\'s range of colours are made by Vallejo for Andrea. They don\'t have the same colours (although some look almost identical when in the bottle), but they are just...
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    Sturm, I\'m not saying that your wrong or I\'m...

    Sturm, I\'m not saying that your wrong or I\'m right, or that they aren\'t made in the UK, I was merely pointing out the fact that the GW paints could have been made in France, if they are licenced...
  5. Thread: Inks

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    When I was researching information from paint...

    When I was researching information from paint chemists for retardants that someone could find at home I also managed to learn something about the way acrylic paint is manufacturered and the majority...
  6. Now you come to mention it, it does look like...

    Now you come to mention it, it does look like one. I\'m gonna stick with my snake sock puppet theory however for my sanity :)
  7. Now I\'ve seen a supposed pic of the Jersey...

    Now I\'ve seen a supposed pic of the Jersey Devil, but frankly, that weirdo pic finn has is far more scarey. Compare:
    ...
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    Here ya go, knocked up a Coreldraw demo of the...

    Here ya go, knocked up a Coreldraw demo of the types of yellows I personally use when shading yellow. The one (right) side caters for the more \'green\' end of the yellow spectrum, and the other...
  9. Thread: Inks

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    Future is pure acrylic medium, that is, sort of...

    Future is pure acrylic medium, that is, sort of the \'runny without the colour\', so its a better way of making \'ink\' but you\'ll still need to add in pure pigment to get a more inky medium, rather...
  10. Thread: Vallejo!

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    Yup, alas they are very hard to get hold of, and...

    Yup, alas they are very hard to get hold of, and these are one of very few US companies who supply them (they come from Japan). If anyone in the UK knows of a supplier then I\'d love to hear about...
  11. Finn, is that a sock dinosaur or something, it...

    Finn, is that a sock dinosaur or something, it looks freakily weird. If that was my pet I\'d certainly not stay in a darkened room with it :o
  12. Thread: Inks

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    Ink is created without water, so you won\'t get...

    Ink is created without water, so you won\'t get the same concentration of colour as you\'d get by making your own with water and paint. I agree that its a simple method, but this is more a thin...
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    Have you looked on the colour wheel for a best...

    Have you looked on the colour wheel for a best shade for your particular yellow?

    I know its a really \'gimpy\' thing to do and you might think its a waste of time but its always a good idea when...
  14. I was pulling your leg my friend (or perhaps...

    I was pulling your leg my friend (or perhaps that\'s tail?!?). I realised that you meant you\'d bought the brush (at least that\'s what I took it to mean?) and thought I\'d pop in some hamster...
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    Check out some of the mini manufacturer\'s pages...

    Check out some of the mini manufacturer\'s pages on the Stuff of Legends... Woof, there are minis with more \'urrgh\' or \'ehh what the hell is that dangly thing?\' than a, well I won\'t say, its to...
  16. Thread: Inks

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    No problemo fellas; if your looking for something...

    No problemo fellas; if your looking for something in particular drop me a line and I\'ll search my links.

    I\'ve spent years in this hobby collecting links, and being that I don\'t get out much...
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    I found a load of sites for 2D dungeon/terrain...

    I found a load of sites for 2D dungeon/terrain pieces for use with things like HeroQuest/Warhammer Quest and the like for someone over on the Hirst Arts forum the other day, if anyone needs some...
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    If they did Smelly P in black and grey I\'d buy...

    If they did Smelly P in black and grey I\'d buy it definitely, but its been almost 6-10 years since anyone has undercoated anything in white, even their own staff no longer use it, so they should...
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    I like to use a syringe intended for refilling...

    I like to use a syringe intended for refilling old printer cartridges. Obviously don\'t use one that\'s been used, or if you really really have to, wash it out loads before you put it in your paint....
  20. They are actually cheaper than the brushes...

    They are actually cheaper than the brushes directly from their manufacturer however. GW prices are about £2-3 (so thats about $4-6) for the brush, when its about double for the Windsor & Newton...
  21. Thread: Vallejo...

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    Yup, you can get it anywhere they sell things...

    Yup, you can get it anywhere they sell things like furniture polishes and things like that. I buy mine from Wilkinsons which is a \'hardware\' store and its about £3 for a fair bottle. You can...
  22. Thread: Inks

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    Here\'s a couple more from my links (sorry it...

    Here\'s a couple more from my links (sorry it took a while, got millions of links hehe):

    http://www.homecrafts.co.uk/html/product.asp?cat1=10&cat2=371&cat3=1187
    ...
  23. Thread: Inks

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    The Consortium offer large bottles of water-based...

    The Consortium offer large bottles of water-based ink that are about £4 a bottle for 5-600ml which lasts a hell of a lot longer than the GW variety.

    I also make use of Daler Rowney and Windsor &...
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    Well, have you tried the Scalelink versions? ...

    Well, have you tried the Scalelink versions? They offer a wide range of scales and types and are reasonably priced since they produce them themselves on-site.

    It was one of the staff of...
  25. Thread: Vallejo!

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    They are fantastic paints, both the MC and the...

    They are fantastic paints, both the MC and the GC, but don\'t rely completely on one range to provide everything you need. I mean, AV paints are fantastic, but there is no beating Gunze for metallic...
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    JJ (Jervis Johnson) sent me a reply saying that I...

    JJ (Jervis Johnson) sent me a reply saying that I should contact my local GW Retail Sales Rep and he could then tell me which paints are definitely going, which are being added (the couple in the pic...
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    Ahh now your asking, you see, I personally have...

    Ahh now your asking, you see, I personally have several styles of painting that I choose to differ between when painting minis.

    I use the following approaches:

    Lay down a mid tone and apply...
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    Alas GW no longer produce the coloured metals,...

    Alas GW no longer produce the coloured metals, but as DR says, try Coat\'d Arms for a red, mix your own, or even use the stuff that Plaid makes:

    493 Metallic Bright Red

    Its a better than...
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    They are made by Windsor & Newton and are...

    They are made by Windsor & Newton and are rebadged Sceptre Gold Series II brushes, so if you look up those you\'ll find the \'recpie\' for the hair. I believe they are partly natural sable from some...
  30. Have you tried searching in Google or something...

    Have you tried searching in Google or something similar for some pictures you could reference and maybe even Joe\'s email address itself?

    A lot of painters have websites to show their work to the...
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    Update: I have sent several emails to important...

    Update: I have sent several emails to important people in the GW HQ to either confirm or deny the rumors, so hopefully they will (if they can say) either say yay or ney either way, or give me a...
  32. Indeed, I use them myself, but I don\'t use them...

    Indeed, I use them myself, but I don\'t use them exclusively and for the price, you can get a good brush from another manufacturer at half the price, particularly some of the synthetic ones, some of...
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    That wouldn\'t surprise me as their brushes are...

    That wouldn\'t surprise me as their brushes are W&N made, but the quality of the paint is certainly very very different to anything W&N make, I use their \'finity\' acrylic colour from time to time...
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    JJ is one of the nicest people that work at GW...

    JJ is one of the nicest people that work at GW HQ. I find him to be knowledgeable about his products and caring about them too (hell, he is the father after all). He always manages to email me a...
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    I found my friends over at Jacksons Art do the...

    I found my friends over at Jacksons Art do the stuff too and their own \'recipe\' is about £4 a pot so that\'s fairly decent when compared to the usual £17-20 for mini \'almost-lipbalm-pot-size\'...
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    Yes somewhere, I\'ve read it in a WD or on their...

    Yes somewhere, I\'ve read it in a WD or on their site I think. Lemme see if I can find it again, unless someone else finds it first.
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    There are a million and one things you can do to...

    There are a million and one things you can do to improve the look of a base. Some of the best GD winners have either chosen to portray reality, or humor, you can\'t really combine both and expect to...
  38. Mouse, are you meaning that you bought a hamster...

    Mouse, are you meaning that you bought a hamster and now all you use it for is mixing up paint? lol I\'d recommend using it to mop up spills rather than mixing with it. Plus you can wring it out...
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    Mouse I doubt very much any form of email or...

    Mouse I doubt very much any form of email or petition, or even a quiet word in someone\'s ear will help. You see, they don\'t seem to consider the consumer\'s opinion, they merely go with the cost...
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    Well, from what I gather there isn\'t going to be...

    Well, from what I gather there isn\'t going to be a mass exodus of paint changed over. GW will only replace the old paints when they run out, so your local store is likely to carry the old pots for...
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    As above, its used primarily, along with the...

    As above, its used primarily, along with the other glazes that companies like AV (Vallejo) make to influence the final colour of the area. For example, using the woodgrain glaze from Vallejo on a...
  42. The Games Workshop brushes are made by Windsor &...

    The Games Workshop brushes are made by Windsor & Newton and are the same as their Sceptre Gold II Series. They are bizarrely cheaper from GW than they are directly from W&N or their distributors.
    ...
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    New GW paintpot (pic)

    Here\'s a pic taken from the latest UK WD issue of the new paint pots:

    http://www.ellsweb.com/images/minis/newgwp.jpg


    They\'ve also after years of me emailing Jervis (and various other...
  44. Thread: best paint?

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    I use a variety of paint to paint minis with, its...

    I use a variety of paint to paint minis with, its not so much the paint but the method and expression of use that is different. I.e. you might want a chalky look/feel so using expensive paint might...
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    I\'ve got structures lying about here painted...

    I\'ve got structures lying about here painted with the stuff and the paint is still as good as the day I applied it (I mix it with Future and water and varnish mix rather than just plain water, so...
  46. Lol, it does work quickly, but I leave them in...

    Lol, it does work quickly, but I leave them in there to assure myself and others who ask that its safe. I regularly shake and stir the bottle vigorously to ensure compatibility is tested to the max!
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    Mine\'s fulla toast and other exotic and less...

    Mine\'s fulla toast and other exotic and less exotic foodstuffs and drink products. You could lick it or maybe even get a good meal out of it if you shake it, but I don\'t recommend it. lol
    ...
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    Silver Birch Catkins (seeds)...

    Silver Birch Catkins (seeds)
    http://www.ellsweb.com/images/minis/leaf2.jpg

    Diorama hedge made from the above seeds
    http://www.ellsweb.com/images/minis/leaf1.jpg

    Images taken from the Osprey...
  49. Thanks all, it was a freebie so I don\'t think...

    Thanks all, it was a freebie so I don\'t think it\'ll get much use, but I might use it to coat my palm tree demos for my webby, that might use it up so I get an empty pot teeheehee :)

    I mean, if...
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    There are a couple of places to buy brush soap,...

    There are a couple of places to buy brush soap, but to be honest, I\'ve never had a problem mixing some regular hair conditioner (I use Dove with 1/4 moisturing cream, it won\'t damage your bristles...
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    They also do pre-mixed and dry powder paints that...

    They also do pre-mixed and dry powder paints that I find very useful for terrain production. I don\'t like to keep a load of \'house paint\' on my mini painting desk because it takes up a load of...
  52. Yes, extremely well. I have a test miniature of...

    Yes, extremely well. I have a test miniature of both metal and plastic in the solution and the\'ve been there for well over 4 years and have no ill affects at all!
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    So long as its got a good point and more than two...

    So long as its got a good point and more than two bristles I\'m easy to please :) I like the da Vinci Maestro 10 series intended for watercolourers as well as the Raphael series which are both...
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    Whilst I\'m thinking about it too, if your in the...

    Whilst I\'m thinking about it too, if your in the UK and your looking for large, cheap inks that are almost identical to GW\'s range (aside from the comical shine that is present on several of the GW...
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    I have it on very good authority that The Foundry...

    I have it on very good authority that The Foundry Paint System is also produced by HMG Ltd (the people who make Coat\'d\'Arms) and is pretty decent in its range of colours, even if you don\'t paint...
  56. UK peeps - Savlon Antiseptic Liquid, not only...

    UK peeps - Savlon Antiseptic Liquid, not only does this work, but it works fast and effectively to remove almost 100% of the paint in under a day.

    For all countries, get a bottle of Isopropyl...
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    Silver Birch Catkins are fantastic at...

    Silver Birch Catkins are fantastic at representing leaves and are used quite a bit in the RR scene. I can get a pic of some if you want to see what they look like \'in setting\', but they don\'t...
  58. Anyone know what AV \'plastic putty\' is for?

    I was given a bottle as a freebie by the nice people at the Command Post when I restocked my AV paints the other day (cheers David!) and wondered what the hell it is, anyone know what its intended...
  59. I believe it has more to do with the paint price...

    I believe it has more to do with the paint price rise than it does with the new bottle design. However, I don\'t know if this price rise applies to those of you outside the UK.
  60. I like to water the paint down with my...

    I like to water the paint down with my (un)patented paint thinning solution before transferring it.

    If you thinning GW paint add enough to make it fluid and give it a good stir with a cocktail...
  61. Camlab is a good supplier, excellent quality...

    Camlab is a good supplier, excellent quality products and the ONLY supplier I use to replace my GW paintpots with.

    They have 50ml pots for 80p and you can order as many or as few as you like. No...
  62. CC I hope you don\'t mind but I\'ve quoted the...

    CC I hope you don\'t mind but I\'ve quoted the price and added a link to them in my links engine (given you credit for it of course).


    If anyone else has a good one can they pop it in here...
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    HMG Paints Ltd produced the old GW paint before...

    HMG Paints Ltd produced the old GW paint before it was moved off-shore to France. They now produce the range for Coat\'d\'Arms and also for Wargames Foundry, which are an alternative to the GW paint...
  64. Ahh, is this the company? ...

    Ahh, is this the company?

    http://www.artexpress.hostinguk.com/asp/prodtype.asp?prodtype=66
  65. Cheers very much for that, do they have a website...

    Cheers very much for that, do they have a website or email addy? I tend to do most of my shopping over the net and find email/websites far easier than a telephone.


    On a ps note, is that T for...
  66. I believe Michael\'s no longer do the bottles. ...

    I believe Michael\'s no longer do the bottles.

    I\'ve tried searching myself and they don\'t come up any longer and they aren\'t listed on their website under the art section.
  67. Found a dirt cheap AV Game Colour sup. (UK)

    Hey all

    Found a dirt cheap supplier of Acrylicos Vallejo\'s Game Colour range:

    http://www.wargamesworkshop.co.uk/ProductList.aspx?CatID=7&DivID=24&GrpID=121

    They also do GW products slightly...
  68. Fantization also sell the AV bottles without...

    Fantization also sell the AV bottles without paint in. They are THE AV bottles, not a replica. I think its $6 for 12 or 99c each I believe.

    ...
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    Micromark sells Haemostats in the US for about...

    Micromark sells Haemostats in the US for about $7.

    http://www.micromark.com

    CPC sells them (and the rest of the stuff I\'ve mentioned) in the UK for about £3

    http://www.cpc.co.uk


    Cheers...
  70. I made one myself a while ago out of a small...

    I made one myself a while ago out of a small plastic box with a lid, the black backing from a mousemat which is dense foam, one sheet of \'baby wipe\' (sometimes called wet wipes) that I washed off...
  71. Thread: Vallejo...

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    NP, very glad to help someone else out. What...

    NP, very glad to help someone else out.

    What is interesting, however, is that I didn\'t know PA stocked Vallejo, are they reasonably priced? I tend to buy mine for about £1.40-1.90 but I\'m...
  72. Thread: Vallejo...

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    Someone wanted to know how thin the paint...

    Someone wanted to know how thin the paint \'looks\'. Well, I just took a pic of my usual diluted paint:


    http://www.ellsweb.com/images/minis/pthin1.jpg

    That\'s about 1:5 (paint to thinner,...
  73. Thread: Vallejo...

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    In my editing for the Open Directory Project,...

    In my editing for the Open Directory Project, I\'ve come across several websites orientated to the US/UK market that stock Vallejo paint and accessories (brushes, dice, etc) and wondered if anyone...
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    Re: Holding

    I apologise for posting my pics in the other thread, but didn\'t actually notice the link to the other one until now (doh!) so, if you\'d like to see my bits, check out the other thread (the poll,...
  75. Re: Setups

    Hehe :D

    I made a little \'desk\' page for my guides, which if you\'d like to view, I\'ve put a direct link to here:

    http://www.ellsweb.com/faq/desk.asp


    Ohh, duh, I forgot to say that I...
  76. Re: Mini Holders

    I use a little hand vice for holding minis with a GW-esq tab on the bottom, or for most things, including some tabbed minis, I use an old X-Acto handle with a screw in that the end has been cut off...
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    As I said in the Y!MP Group, I\'d love to see...

    As I said in the Y!MP Group, I\'d love to see some paint chip-charts on the figures, so they could be (attempted to at least) \'copied\' by other artists.

    I\'d also love to see a little info on...
  78. Oil paint (or enamel) is fantastic for blending,...

    Oil paint (or enamel) is fantastic for blending, and most miniaturists that paint larger scales (54mm+) tend to use oil paint for skin and acrylic for everything else.

    Check out artist Craig...
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    Have a look at the black lining (outlining)...

    Have a look at the black lining (outlining) section of my miniature guidebook on my website:

    http://www.ellsweb.com
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    FFF

    Future is available in Europe, but its remarketed as J&J Klear rather than Future, but the label looks pretty similar.

    I tend to use 20ml squirts of Future, 2ml of acrylic varnish (gloss or matt)...
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    A cheap mini hand whisk or blender is also useful...

    A cheap mini hand whisk or blender is also useful for stirring paint, but I usually put a small nut or a metal ball bearing or acrylic bead in and give my paint a good shake.
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    True blending is not possible to achieve in...

    True blending is not possible to achieve in acrylics, and can only be imitated with an acrylic retarder.

    If you want a very smooth blend, you will have to use oil or enamel paints.

    Check in the...
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